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June 17, 2001 - June 17, 2001

Nine killed in season’s first downpour Sunday, June 17, 2001

Ahmedabad June 15: Nine people lost their lives to season’s first rainfall in various parts of Saurashtra. However, the rains are being perceived as blessing for the parched land of Saurashtra, which has been facing drought for the past wo years.

Saurashtra and South Gujarat were lashed by heavy rains, which started from the midnight of Thursday. More than 200 check dams in Saurashtra and Kutch were filled to brim solving the water crisis in the short term.

Around 80 houses collapsed in Santhra village of Mahua taluka. Water logging was reported from the low-lying areas of the region and there were reports of flooding of some rivers.

Kahra village of Liliay taluka in Amreli district recorded 12 inches of rain, while other parts of Amreli district recorded 3 to 8 inches of rains. Porbandar district recorded 2 to eight inches of rain, Jamangar district also had two to ten inches of rain with Bhanwad experiencing 10 inches in just four hours.

Kahra village is filled with water due to 12 inches of rain. Thirty-five houses collapsed in the village and animals got drowned. People were shifted in the village school building and food-packets were distributed.

In Bhanwad too, people had to be evacuated, as the local river was rising above danger level.
Two youths of Sodhana village lost their lives when the sluice gates of Vartur dam were opened.

Two young boys got drowned in Savarkundla taluka. Three members of one family were electrocuted when they were filling their overhead tank with rainwater. Two other people were drowned in the different separate incidents.

Dams in Saurashtra overflowed and many received fresh water due to the rains solving the water problem, which the region faced since the past two years. The region was facing successive droughts due to almost no rains in 1999 and 2000.

The dams, which overflowed include Vartur 2, Kamnath and some other dams also overflowed.Around 200 check-dams build in last two years also overflowed in the Saurashtra and Kutch. Many big dams like Machu II, Shetrunjay, Thebi received new stock of fresh water due to the heavy rains.

Almost all the districts of Saurashtra expect Rajkot city and some surrounding areas received heavy rains. Bhavnagar, Junagadh, Amreli, Jamangar and Porbandar too received rains. Bhavnagar district also had rains.

The wildlife sanctuary of Gir had 3 to 8 inches of rains. Different parts of Jamnagar district had one to seven inches of rains. Earthquake affected Bhuj too had one inch of rain in the past 24 hours. Government officials are keeping a close look over the situation. They are also ready to start rescue and relief operation if the situation goes out of hand.

News Source : The AsianAge Ahmedabad Edition [ The coolest Newspaper for city ]

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Students rush for class 11 admission Sunday, June 17, 2001

Ahmedabad, June 15: The second day of admission to standard 11 (science) schools saw heavy rush of students who flocked to different schools to find the admission status of the individual schools. Schools across Ahmedabad declared their individual second merit lists for admissions on Friday.

Those students who could not get admissions were anxious to know the merit list displayed at schools. Schools across announced the first merit list, both for their candidates as well as for others, on Thursday, and declared the second list to admit the remaining candidates.

There are mere 11,000 seats in 11th science courses, and the high cut off percentage of the merit list there was fear of being left out. The cut off percentage at some of the schools (English medium) was very high on the first day of admissions. C.U. Shah HS School’s cut off was 98 per cent, 92 per cent in St Kabir High School, et al.

The cut-off for students other than their own students was as high as 99 per cent in St Xavier’s High School, Loyola Hall and A.G. HS School on Monday. The cut off marks for outside applicants on the second day stood at 198 in A.G. HS School, 177 in Divine Birds High School, 199 in Vidyanagar Girl’s High School, et al.

The figures of students admitted by Friday were not available. Meanwhile, the District Education Officers (Ahmedabad city) and DEO (Ahmedabad rural) held a meeting with high level officials at Gandhinagar on Thursday to discuss the admission status.

In the wake of more than 95,000 SSCE pass outs in 2001-02 compared to 2000-01, the officials had suggested that additional 1,200 divisions could be started during the current academic session or increase the number of students per division.

News Source : The AsianAge Ahmedabad Edition [ The coolest Newspaper for city ]

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Vyas floats Narmada body Sunday, June 17, 2001

Ahmedabad, June 15: Former Narmada and water resources minister Jaynarayan Vyas floated Narmada Samarthan with the slogan “Support Narmada, support Gujarat, support India” with the intention of opening up a combined front to ensure completion of the project and combat anti-Narmada propaganda.

Speaking to reporters at a press conference held here on Friday, Mr Vyas said that the organisation will work towards raising awareness among the people and launch a web site with regular updates on the project, to create an environment in favour of the project.

The Narmada Samarthan also hopes to bring all pro-Narmada organisations under one banner. Mr Vyas further said the Supreme Court judgment has not deterred the anti-Narmada forces, a classic illustration of the anti-dam lobby action is the seminar organised at the India International Centre.

“The main spokesperson at the seminar were Medha Patkar and L.C. Jain, well known for their anti-Narmada stance,” He said. “This shows that although we have succeeded in winning the legal battle, the anti-Narmada forces are still raking up the issue at international forums,” he added.

The first meeting of the Narmada Samarthan was held at the Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Wednesday.

News Source : The AsianAge Ahmedabad Edition [ The coolest Newspaper for city ]

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BJ Medical receives 12,074 applications Sunday, June 17, 2001

Ahmedabad, June 15: The B.J. Medical College on Friday, completed phase one of admission to medical, dental and physiotherapy courses for the current academic session. The college has received as many as 12,074 application forms for admission to the three courses.

Giving out information about the admission procedure later in the day, dean of B.J. Medical College Dr K.V. Bhatt informed, “The processing of the forms would begin shortly. If everything goes off well, we are hopeful to start the academic session by September 2001.”

It should be recalled that the last academic session had begun as late as December 2000. “Due to court intervention in admission-related matters, the admission procedures got delayed,” remarked Dr Bhatt.

The college would take one to one-and-a-half months to scrutinise all the applications. “The college would send the forms to the social welfare department to list out candidates of reserved categories.

We would also have to wait for those candidates who have filled re-checking of their HSCE (science) answer sheets, so that they can be listed properly in our merit list,” Dr Bhatt informed. He added that the admission process started well in time, much before the engineering admissions have begun, and therefore, it would help in fast processing of the admission forms.

Meanwhile, the Central Degree Admission Committee on Thursday kicked off the first phase of admission to degree course in hotel and tourism management at the L.D. College of Engineering by distributing information brochures and admission forms to aspiring HSCE pass outs.

The CDAC will kick off the engineering and pharmacy admission procedures from Monday. A press release issued by the CDAC said, “HSCE (science) and HSCE (general) pass out candidates can apply for four-year degree course in hotel and tourism management being run by Vivekanand Institute of Hotel and Tourism Management, Rajkot.

Candidates can get information on the course through information booklet available at L.D. College, which will also be distributing admission forms till June 30. The filled-up forms would be accepted at the L.D. College till June 30, the press release stated.

The press release further stated that HSCE (science) passouts aspiring to take up degree or diploma courses in engineering and pharmacy can collect admission forms from L.D. The forms will be available from June 18 to July 5. The filled up forms will be accepted at the L.D. College from June 18 to July 5.

News Source : The AsianAge Ahmedabad Edition [ The coolest Newspaper for city ]

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MMCB: Delegation from state meets Patil Sunday, June 17, 2001

Gandhinagar, June 15: A high-level delegation of the state government met Union minister of state V.K. Patil, who is in charge of banking in the finance department on Friday. The delegation met in connection with the revival of the Madhavpura Mercantile Cooperative Bank.

The delegation comprising Union minister for state for heavy industries Vallabh Kathiria, minister of state for cooperatvies Ramanlal Vora, cooperative leader and MLA Amit Shah and former health minister Ashok Bhatt told Mr Patil that the revival committee on the MMCB had already submitted its report to the finance department.

The committee requested Mr Patil to take a decision on the revival of the bank on the basis of the option suggested in the report as soon as Union finance minister Yashwant Sinha returns on June 17.

Mr Patil admitted that Gujarat was the birthplace of the cooperative movement and said the Centre also shared the worry of the state government in resolving the problem of the bank.

The delegation that went to Delhi also informed Union home minister L.K. Advani of the talks they had with Mr Patel and Mr Advani assured them that the problem will be dealt with immediately on the return of Mr Sinha.

Mr Patil said the finance department has received the report of the MMCB revival committee and it will study it before the return of Mr Sinha. Mr Patil also confirmed that he had received the letter written by chief minister Keshubhai Patel.

News Source : The AsianAge Ahmedabad Edition [ The coolest Newspaper for city ]

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